The WRC appoints a new drinking water quality specialist
The WRC prides itself for securing the services of Dr Nonhlanhla Kalebaila, an applied scientist with special interests in water and waste management.
Nonhlanhla joins the WRC to fill the Research Manager position for Drinking Water Treatment and Quality under KSA3. In this job, she is responsible for coordinating the portfolio of research programmes, projects and affiliated activities in drinking water treatment and quality management.
She has expertise in environmental microbiology and chemistry, engineering and geography disciplines. Nonhlanhla possesses a PhD in Chemical Technology, specialising in Water Utilisation from the University of Pretoria obtained in 2011. She also possesses an MSc degree in Biochemistry, a BInstAgrar (Hons) degree in Food Production and Processing and a BSc degree in Environmental Sciences and Biology.
During the course of her academic career, she worked in the fields of environmental science, applied science, biochemistry, microbiology, nuclear technology and water and wastewater treatment.
Nonhlanhla has authored and co-authored a number of peer reviewed research papers, including original research papers, a book chapter and conference articles.
Nonhlanhla started her career as an intern scientist at the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa, working on appropriate technologies for the extraction and recovery of uranium from ore sources and wastewater streams.
In 2011 she joined the Process Technology Department of Rand Water as a Graduate Process Consultant. At Rand Water, she was involved in several projects related to the continual evaluation of drinking water treatment strategies, whose purpose is to provide more information and better methods for drinking water production at Rand Water. This involved conducting research on appropriate and innovative drinking water treatment strategies, contaminant transport modeling, fate and toxicity, bio-indicators and the development of novel drinking water quality monitoring strategies. Nonhlanhla was part of the technical lead team responsible for the development of a disinfection strategy for Rand Water.
Nonhlanhla’s professional achievements include honorary academic colours from the University of Pretoria. She is also a recipient of a number of excellence bursaries and scholarships. Nonhlanhla is also a reviewer for IWA conferences and serves as an expert candidate for the European Commission Research portal.
Her hobbies include; travelling, photography, reading and camping.